Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Toast, cereal, juice, and fruit? You can thank the honey bees! About one out of every three mouthfuls we eat is affected by honey bee pollination. In Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn about honey bee colonies, why honey bees live in hives, how honey bees communicate with each other, and why they are so important to human lives.

Explore Honey Bees! offers a glimpse into the fascinating and efficient miniature world that children will find familiar from movies such as the 2007 animated Bee Movie. Activities include designing a hive, learning bee dance moves, and making a model of a flower’s reproductive system, which reinforce the math, engineering, and science skills readers gain from the text. Fun facts and colorful illustrations make learning fun and exciting. Links to online primary sources integrate a digital learning experience and offer opportunities to delve deeper into the world of honey bees.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL P

Subjects

  • Biology
  • Life Science

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What did you have for breakfast this morning? Toast, cereal, juice, and fruit? You can thank the honey bees! About one out of every three mouthfuls we eat is affected by honey bee pollination. In Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn about honey bee colonies, why honey bees live in hives, how honey bees communicate with each other, and why they are so important to human lives.

Explore Honey Bees! offers a glimpse into the fascinating and efficient miniature world that children will find familiar from movies such as the 2007 animated Bee Movie. Activities include designing a hive, learning bee dance moves, and making a model of a flower’s reproductive system, which reinforce the math, engineering, and science skills readers gain from the text. Fun facts and colorful illustrations make learning fun and exciting. Links to online primary sources integrate a digital learning experience and offer opportunities to delve deeper into the world of honey bees.


National Science Teachers Association
What did you have for breakfast this morning? As this book points out, you can probably thank a honey bee. Explore Honey Bees! with 25 Great Projects is a fun primer for those who want an overview of one of the hardest workers on our planet—the honey bee. . . The illustrations are inviting and informative, and each chapter builds upon the last to add to the reader’s quest for knowledge. . . It would truly “bee” exciting to have students learn more about honey bees from this book and appreciate the hard work they do.”

Booklist Online 
“Information abounds in this multifaceted collection of all things honeybee. The brief, chatty narrative passages are accompanied by sidebars that clearly define vocabulary words and offer trenchant discussion questions with strong appeal for either individual readers or group discussion. . . In addition to humorously anthropomorphized bees and plentiful bee jokes, the four-color cartoon illustrations show a variety of kids exploring discussion topics or acting out some of the project directions. . . . this volume does a fine job of straddling the needs of both study and personal interest and will appeal to readers. . .”

School Library Journal
Featuring well-organized chapters and colorful illustrations, this title sheds light on bee anatomy, social structure, life cycle, products, and more. Readers will gain a greater respect for these insects and an appreciation for their importance to humans. Vocabulary words are highlighted throughout. Many of the featured activities reinforce math and science skills and provide an opportunity for hands-on learning about topics such as hive design, communication, and treats made with honey. Projects include making snack bars out of honey, creating a paper hive, and fashioning a set of glasses that allow users to see the way a bee does. Younger students will appreciate the images and accessible directions, while the vocabulary and content are challenging enough for older readers. VERDICT:  A solid text that lends itself well to classroom use as well as to individual research.”

Amazon.com #3 Hot New Release in Children’s Farming & Agriculture Books

Archimedes Notebook
“This book is hot off the press and just in time .  .  .  It’s chock-full of all things honey bee: anatomy, social behavior, a tour of the bee hive, There are lots and lots of things to do. Twenty-five of ’em, in fact. You can try stinger designs, check out what you’d see if you had bee eyes, and try your luck at communicating the location of sweets with a waggle dance. My favorite is how to make a bee buzzer.”

Shara Buffington, homeschooling parent and beekeeper
“Explore Honey Bees! is great for studying science and nature, and I love that you can intertwine lots of different subjects into honey bees and do units on math, history, language arts, vocabulary, and art. As a homeschooler and parent, I would buy this book. Two thumbs up to Nomad Press!”

Sue Heavenrich, writer and educator
“The kid-friendly, hands-on activities in this book provide a great way to learn more about the honey bees flying through your neighborhood.”

Darren Cox, President, American Honey Producers Association
“This book articulates well the value of honey bees and our society’s dependence upon them.”

Barbara Lawler, President, NH Beekeepers Association, Proprietress, Lawler Farms
Explore Honey Bees! is an exciting, informational book filled with loads of easy-to-understand facts for all. The activities help illustrate the information beautifully.”

Michael Willard, President, Vermont Beekeepers Association
Explore Honey Bees! is well put together and the technical information about bees and beekeeping is accurate. I enjoyed how the information was presented in a fun way.”

Praise for other books in the Explore Your World Series:

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects

National Science Teachers Association
“Are you looking for projects about gravity that are equally interactive as well as instructive? Explore Gravity! is sure to be one of the more popular science books in your class.”

School Library Journal
“Gravity’s pull is hard to resist, and this title introduces the topic in a kid-friendly, activity-based way. Each chapter gives readers enough background to jump into hands-on projects. Not only educational but super fun, the activities include measuring air, spinning a basketball, dropping objects, making a water tower, and even constructing a Calder-inspired mobile. There is no need for expensive equipment; everything can be done with household items. ‘Did You Know?’ ‘Just for Fun,’ and ‘Words to Know’ features are found alongside cartoon illustrations and silly jokes. This title will appeal to young scientists and teachers alike.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“I love this interactive, hands-on, thought-provoking title! Explore Gravity! provides endless opportunities for students to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections! The great flow of ideas and activities incorporate the cross-curriculum subject areas of STEM, offering many opportunities for teachers and parents to expand and do more. Presents scientific theories of the past and challenges students to look at how modern technology changes the way we interpret them.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects

School Library Journal
“Six chapters cover the ‘when’ and ‘why’ of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn’t all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, ‘What did the atmosphere say to the Earth? I’ve got you covered!’ and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book . . . Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”

Explore Natural Resources!

National Science Teachers Association
“. . .Teachers should consider teaching one chapter per week, which will allow them to have enough time to supervise the elementary aged students. This is the perfect activity book to instruct and demonstrate the immediate interconnectedness humans have with natural resources and the world.”

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Honey Bee Journal

Keep track of all you do and learn in a special Honey Bee Journal. As you add more pages, your journal will start to look like a flower!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Cindy Blobaum

Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


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Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: P
Subjects: Biology, Life Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association
What did you have for breakfast this morning? As this book points out, you can probably thank a honey bee. Explore Honey Bees! with 25 Great Projects is a fun primer for those who want an overview of one of the hardest workers on our planet—the honey bee. . . The illustrations are inviting and informative, and each chapter builds upon the last to add to the reader’s quest for knowledge. . . It would truly “bee” exciting to have students learn more about honey bees from this book and appreciate the hard work they do.”

Booklist Online 
“Information abounds in this multifaceted collection of all things honeybee. The brief, chatty narrative passages are accompanied by sidebars that clearly define vocabulary words and offer trenchant discussion questions with strong appeal for either individual readers or group discussion. . . In addition to humorously anthropomorphized bees and plentiful bee jokes, the four-color cartoon illustrations show a variety of kids exploring discussion topics or acting out some of the project directions. . . . this volume does a fine job of straddling the needs of both study and personal interest and will appeal to readers. . .”

School Library Journal
Featuring well-organized chapters and colorful illustrations, this title sheds light on bee anatomy, social structure, life cycle, products, and more. Readers will gain a greater respect for these insects and an appreciation for their importance to humans. Vocabulary words are highlighted throughout. Many of the featured activities reinforce math and science skills and provide an opportunity for hands-on learning about topics such as hive design, communication, and treats made with honey. Projects include making snack bars out of honey, creating a paper hive, and fashioning a set of glasses that allow users to see the way a bee does. Younger students will appreciate the images and accessible directions, while the vocabulary and content are challenging enough for older readers. VERDICT:  A solid text that lends itself well to classroom use as well as to individual research.”

Amazon.com #3 Hot New Release in Children’s Farming & Agriculture Books

Archimedes Notebook
“This book is hot off the press and just in time .  .  .  It’s chock-full of all things honey bee: anatomy, social behavior, a tour of the bee hive, There are lots and lots of things to do. Twenty-five of ’em, in fact. You can try stinger designs, check out what you’d see if you had bee eyes, and try your luck at communicating the location of sweets with a waggle dance. My favorite is how to make a bee buzzer.”

Shara Buffington, homeschooling parent and beekeeper
“Explore Honey Bees! is great for studying science and nature, and I love that you can intertwine lots of different subjects into honey bees and do units on math, history, language arts, vocabulary, and art. As a homeschooler and parent, I would buy this book. Two thumbs up to Nomad Press!”

Sue Heavenrich, writer and educator
“The kid-friendly, hands-on activities in this book provide a great way to learn more about the honey bees flying through your neighborhood.”

Darren Cox, President, American Honey Producers Association
“This book articulates well the value of honey bees and our society’s dependence upon them.”

Barbara Lawler, President, NH Beekeepers Association, Proprietress, Lawler Farms
Explore Honey Bees! is an exciting, informational book filled with loads of easy-to-understand facts for all. The activities help illustrate the information beautifully.”

Michael Willard, President, Vermont Beekeepers Association
Explore Honey Bees! is well put together and the technical information about bees and beekeeping is accurate. I enjoyed how the information was presented in a fun way.”

Praise for other books in the Explore Your World Series:

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects

National Science Teachers Association
“Are you looking for projects about gravity that are equally interactive as well as instructive? Explore Gravity! is sure to be one of the more popular science books in your class.”

School Library Journal
“Gravity’s pull is hard to resist, and this title introduces the topic in a kid-friendly, activity-based way. Each chapter gives readers enough background to jump into hands-on projects. Not only educational but super fun, the activities include measuring air, spinning a basketball, dropping objects, making a water tower, and even constructing a Calder-inspired mobile. There is no need for expensive equipment; everything can be done with household items. ‘Did You Know?’ ‘Just for Fun,’ and ‘Words to Know’ features are found alongside cartoon illustrations and silly jokes. This title will appeal to young scientists and teachers alike.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“I love this interactive, hands-on, thought-provoking title! Explore Gravity! provides endless opportunities for students to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections! The great flow of ideas and activities incorporate the cross-curriculum subject areas of STEM, offering many opportunities for teachers and parents to expand and do more. Presents scientific theories of the past and challenges students to look at how modern technology changes the way we interpret them.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects

School Library Journal
“Six chapters cover the ‘when’ and ‘why’ of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn’t all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, ‘What did the atmosphere say to the Earth? I’ve got you covered!’ and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book . . . Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”

Explore Natural Resources!

National Science Teachers Association
“. . .Teachers should consider teaching one chapter per week, which will allow them to have enough time to supervise the elementary aged students. This is the perfect activity book to instruct and demonstrate the immediate interconnectedness humans have with natural resources and the world.”


Projects

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Honey Bee Journal

Keep track of all you do and learn in a special Honey Bee Journal. As you add more pages, your journal will start to look like a flower!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Cindy Blobaum

Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.